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From Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, Peter Strzok claims FBI didn’t do anything 'improper' when pursuing Carter Page FISA
Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok denied that the bureau did anything “improper” during its Russia investigation.
That includes the FBI's efforts to obtain the authority to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page — despite a scathing Justice Department watchdog report and one guilty plea in U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry.
Strzok, who is embarking on a media blitz for his new book, was asked during a Sunday Morning interview with CBS national security correspondent David Martin on whether the problems unearthed by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's audit of the FBI's investigation (including 17 “significant errors or omissions” in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process targeting Page) represented “sloppy work” or whether it was “FBI agents trying too hard to get something on" members of President Trump's 2016 campaign.
“I don’t think at all that it’s anything improper. You get people who are overworked, who make mistakes — and don’t get me wrong — inexcusable mistakes," Strzok said.
Meanwhile, CNN reports Former FBI Director James Comey to teach ethical leadership class. I suppose a bad example is useful. John Sexton at Hot Air, Steele’s FBI Handler Considered His Behavior ‘Crazy’ Eric Felten at RCP, Supposedly Reliable Steele Acted 'Crazy,' His FBI Handler Says: 'People's Ears Were Bleeding.'
“Crazy” was the term the FBI agent used to describe the behavior of Christopher Steele, author of the now-debunked Trump-Russia dossier. “I've seen crazy source-related stuff in 20 years in New York and this was one of the craziest," the veteran agent testified to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Nevertheless, the FBI continued to rely on Steele’s allegations – that Donald Trump and his team were conspiring with Russians who possessed compromising information – to justify its surveillance of the Trump campaign. Without evidence to verify Steele’s claims, the FBI fell back on its assertion that the former British intelligence agent was reliable.
Even Michael Cohen Blasts Dossier Author Christopher Steele In New Book (Da Caller). Also from Chuck Ross at Da Caller, ‘This Has Gotten Too Deep’: FBI Emails Show Concerns With Michael Flynn Report
The emails released by Judicial Watch show that an investigator in the FBI’s Washington Field Office emailed Strzok with apparent concerns about the story.
“Im [sic] you are tracking, but this has gotten too deep,” the investigator wrote Strzok on April 3, 2017.
“I wasn’t. WTF is this,” Strzok replied.
He forwarded the exchange to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, writing: “Not great.”
The emails suggest that FBI agents either doubted the claims in the Guardian report or were worried that the information became public. There is some evidence that the FBI’s Washington Field Office investigated the rumors about Flynn and Lokhova and found nothing to substantiate the claims.
Capt Ed at Hot Air reports Judicial Watch claims Mueller May Have Lied To Congress About Conflict Of Interest. It's not nice to lie to Congress, unless the Democrats support you.
Did Donald Trump tell the truth about Robert Mueller after all? Trump vehemently objected to Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in 2017, claiming that Mueller had interviewed to replace James Comey as FBI Director just days before the appointment by Rod Rosenstein. Mueller denied that claim, including during his testimony before Congress in July of last year.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) made sure to get Mueller on the record on that point, and Mueller insisted that he’d never been in consideration for the job:
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Five months before this testimony had taken place, Judicial Watch had petitioned for the records surrounding Mueller’s May 16, 2017 interview at the White House. Late yesterday, they received those records, along with other records relating to other parts of Mueller’s special-counsel investigation. Lo and behold, those records contained an e-mail in which Rosenstein noted that Mueller had withdrawn his name from consideration for the FBI Director position on May 17, 2017.
Maybe he forgot. He wasn't that sharp on the stand.
Andrea Widberg at AmThink asks What’s going on with the Durham investigation, if anything? and Chuck Ross at Da Caller replies AG Barr Says There ‘Could Be’ More Charges In Durham Probe. Dear God, let it be Comey and Strzok (to start with).
According to sundance at CTH, Bob Woodward: General James Mattis Plotted Overthrow of U.S. Government… His argument seems strong:
What do you call a conversation between the Defense Secretary and the head of the U.S. intelligence apparatus where they are talking about taking “collective action” to remove an elected President? That’s called sedition…. A seditious conspiracy.
As alarming as that sounds on its face, this actually aligns with our own previous research into key military leadership, the joint chiefs, and their corrupt intent to overthrow the elected government. Readers will remember when we noted this very issue after Lt. Col Alexander Vindman compromised his position yet was not removed by his command structure within the Pentagon.
Brooke Singman at Fox, Schiff reveals new whistleblower complaint alleging suppression of Russian election interference intel reports. Adam One-note. WaPoo dutifully whines Election interference data said to be stymied. Also, Coats criticizes halt to election security briefings to Congress. See seditious conspiracy above.
Regarding the 2020 election, at NR never-Trumper Kevin Williamson tells both sides to Accept the Results. Nice try. Not gonna happen.
Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday defended the Justice Department’s decision to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims President Trump raped her decades ago, saying legal precedent is on the government’s side and that any uproar about the move is due to the “bizarre political environment.”
Speaking in Chicago, the attorney general was asked about his department’s decision Tuesday to move the lawsuit against the president from state to federal court in New York, and signaling it wants to make the U.S. government — rather than Trump — the defendant in the case. Barr said the White House sent a memorandum to the Justice Department seeking the move, and civil litigation experts at the department agreed, in keeping with the normal procedure for such legal questions.
“This is a normal application of the law, the law is clear, it is done frequently, and the little tempest that’s going on is largely because of the bizarre political environment in which we live,” Barr said.
“There it is. That’s how it really works: inside tips on how to navigate the CNN debate, from the head of CNN,” Carlson said. “Jeff Zucker, a man who is supposedly a journalist, secretly working as a political consultant. The guy who runs the Democratic Party’s most faithful news network, giving political advice to the Republican frontrunner. Donald Trump’s chief tormenter colluding secretly with Donald Trump’s lawyer. It’s all bewildering. But that’s what it’s really like. That’s the real Jeff Zucker: A man who believes in nothing, a man who’s only goal is proximity to power no matter who wields it. No wonder he’s friends with Michael Cohen.”
China Joe's son, continues to sell America off to the CCP, Hunter Biden teamed with Chinese military supplier to acquire dual-use Michigan auto parts maker (Seamus Bruner and John Solomon. JTN). Anything for a buck.
Well, I did figure out how to use it, mostly.
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